Final Exam Essay - Robert J. England II HON 212 Section 007...

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Robert J. England II HON 212 Section 007 Edith Elwood Final Exam Friday, May 11, 2007 Two years ago at this time, I was finishing up my high school studies, and preparing to enter college. In a few weeks I would attend summer orientation, and receive my first college book, J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians , the Honors read. . I read it and finished it within two days of receiving it. So my journey through Civilizations began, with wonder and enthusiasm. Honors 111 proceeded to be my first university class, and as a former home schooler, it was my first class as a full-time student since fourth grade. I was stepping into the unknown with a specific mindset and specific ideas to point my way through. Honors became a driving experience in my life both inside and outside classes; it changed and strengthened my beliefs, it introduced me to many of my friends, and would be among my best experiences in college. It showed me important things about treating other people right, and taught me how to better consider theories before eliminating them. Honors is a blessing, and the Civilizations sequence has served as a very important step in the journey of my life. I am most thankful for Honors for permanently changing my view of the universe, and changing it for the better. I am a very religious person, and I realized that the Honors classes would directly challenge the beliefs that I held central to my personality. In the end, I am very glad that it did. My beliefs were strongly challenged, and for the most part they held up to the challenge. As a direct result of the Honors program, my beliefs were strengthened and changed for the better. Where before I had preconceived notions about what is right and what is wrong, I now see things as somewhat more varied, and I
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am much more willing to consider such ideas before instantly disregarding them. In some cases, I even completely changed my ideas because something brought up in Honors made much more sense than what I believed before. It has made me a different, and hopefully better, person by better shaping my thoughts. There are specific ways in which Honors changed my ways of thinking.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 212 taught by Professor Elwood during the Spring '07 term at University of Maine Orono .

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Final Exam Essay - Robert J. England II HON 212 Section 007...

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